You run a small construction company. Eighteen months ago, you had to hire and train a manager to replace an employee whose Army Reserve unit was called up and sent to Iraq. Things are finally running smoothly again, when the reservist calls to say he's been discharged and wants his job back. The problem is that you have no job openings and did not think he would be coming back. Nonetheless, you may have a legal obligation to re-employ this veteran.

This dilemma has become increasingly common, because the Pentagon is relying heavily on reservists to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After losing a productive member of the work force to military service, an employer may then be faced with difficult and costly return-to-work issues. Since 2001, hundreds of thousands of reservists have been...

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